Yeah, not everyone uses a reverse pattern. I had a roadbike once that was reversed. When I got a race bike, one of the first things I did was re-organise the gear linkage, to give me back a standard pattern. I figured if the race bike was the only one I rode, I'd get used to it, but if I was changing back & forth with the ZX14... and I didn't really want to change the pattern on that one. I'd had the experience with the Magnum, and that showed there are some advantages to it, but it becomes a big problem if you're riding different bikes.